I. transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French blamer, blasmer, from Late Latin blasphemare to blaspheme, from Greek blasphēmein
Date: 13th century
1. to find fault with ; censure <the right to praise or blame a literary work> 2. a. to hold responsible <they blame me for everything> b. to place responsibility for <blames it on me> • blamer noun Usage: Use of blame in sense 2b with on has occasionally been disparaged as wrong. Such disparagement is without basis; blame on occurs as frequently in carefully edited prose as blame for. Both are standard. II. noun Date: 13th century 1. an expression of disapproval or reproach ; censure 2. a. a state of being blameworthy ; culpability b. archaic fault, sin 3. responsibility for something believed to deserve censure <they must share the blame> • blameless adjective • blamelessly adverb • blamelessness noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.